Be Well at Mount Holyoke

Today. Tomorrow. Always.

About Be Well

Be Well is the College's wellness program that provides students' strategies and opportunities to create their own path to wellness. It integrates four components essential to building a life that sustains and empowers: a healthy mind, a healthy body, a healthy community and a healthy life. We believe the ability to thrive is founded on an active commitment and holistic approach to wellness. Be Well cultivates a tradition of wellness today, tomorrow, and always.

  • Healthy Body

    Cultivating purposeful engagement in critical thinking, self-awareness, self-compassion and self-advocacy.

    Tips for Students:

    • Take advantage of the many resources at the Kendall Sports & Dance Complex: Fitness Center equipment, drop-in yoga and other classes, an indoor pool, indoor and outdoor tracks, tennis and squash courts, and more.
    • Discover other ways to move: Join a PE or dance class, or a student org, try a club sport, or explore campus trails.
    • For assistance in making the best decisions for your unique wellness needs, see Health Services or your primary care provider.
  • Healthy Mind

    Cultivating purposeful engagement in critical thinking, self-awareness, self-compassion, and self-advocacy.

    Tips for Students:

    • To unplug and unwind, visit one of the quiet, contemplative spaces on campus.
    • Move around upper lake in a mindful manner — look for and listen to nature, observe the water's movement, and take a break.
    • For free and confidential support from Counseling Service, stop by Drop-in Talkin' at satellite spaces around campus.
    • Buddhist Meditation is offered weekly in the Abbey Interfaith Sanctuary. Meditation is followed by an opportunity for 1:1 or group discussion with the teacher. All are welcome!
    • At Interfaith Luncheons, view things from a multidimensional lens in the company of the campus community.
    • Sit in silence and stillness at Wa-Shin-An the Japanese meditation garden and teahouse.
  • Healthy Community

    Fostering a collective responsibility for healthy relationships through compassion, service, and communication.

    Tips for Students:

    • Make time for M&Cs and other traditions, which promote connections and coming together.
    • Get involved! Join one of 100+ student orgs. Help shape and inform the student experience through your class board or the Student Government Association. Opportunities are also available through the Five Colleges!
    • Explore volunteer opportunities, and learn about communities, social issues, and concerns through Community-Based Learning opportunities.
    • Join one of our many Living and Learning Communities and live with students with common educational, social, or co-curricular interests or affinity identities.
    • Get involved in your class board or the Student Government Association to help shape and inform the student experience.
  • Healthy Life

    Pursuing a sense of purpose and establishing a set of values that allow you to thrive as a lifelong learner.

    Tips for Students:

    • Get to know your academic class dean for help with course selections, accessing campus resources, and more.
    • Get peer feedback on writing and speaking assignments from SAW Center peer mentors.
    • Take part in a Financial Wellness Workshop, offered through Student Financial Services, and sign up for CashCourse (a tool for managing money and student loans).
    • Attend the annual LEAP Symposium and Senior Symposium for inspiration from peers on internship and research experiences.